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Various artists: Alligator Records: 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music

Read "Alligator Records: 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Maybe this half-century commemoration of the jny: Chicago-based, blues-focused label should have been titled, “The Last of the Independents." Almost alone of the mid-major labels that formerly thrived in the 1980s and '90s by specializing in non-mainstream styles of music, Alligator has managed to navigate stunning changes in the music business--from the vinyl of LPs and 45s to cassettes and CDs, and then, most recently, the virtual collapse of the retail record business and wholesale pivot to online ...

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Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9: Viper's Drag

Read "Viper's Drag" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Cosa unisce la dissacrante verve di Steven Bernstein -estroverso leader dei Sex Mob e animatore di vari progetti con la Tzadik di John Zorn-col virtuosistico pianismo di Henry Butler, fortemente intriso di blues? Questa rilettura sul primo jazz di New Orleans è una delle risposte. La passione per la tradizione ha accomunato i due artisti già nel 1998, quando presero parte alle musiche del film di Robert Altman Kansas City, e poi nel 2011, quando animarono una reunion ...

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Nice Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Emilio Palanti


Nizza--Francia 8-12.07.2014 Quest'anno, guardando il cartellone del Festival Jazz di Nizza, a prima vista si lamentava l'assenza di vere e proprie superstar, com'era accaduto nelle edizioni precedenti, ma a rassegna finita possiamo dire che non son mancate le piacevoli sorprese. Sia ben chiaro, molti nomi di prima grandezza erano presenti, ma forse mancava il personaggio trainante. Ad ogni modo il pubblico, incoraggiato anche da prezzi del tutto abboradbili, ha partecipato in maniera massiccia a tutte le ...

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Henry Butler: San Diego, April 12, 2011

Read "Henry Butler: San Diego, April 12, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush


Henry ButlerSaville Theatre, San Diego City CollegeSan Diego, CAApril 12, 2011 The path that brought famed New Orleans pianist Henry Butler to the Saville Theatre on April 12 has been rich in diversity and inexorably directed to his core : the wide scope of Crescent City music, and the deep well of the blues. Although he began his professional career in jazz as a thoroughly modern keyboard stylist--Fivin' Around (Impulse! 1986), ...

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Henry Butler: PiaNOLA Live

Read "PiaNOLA Live" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


In a town famous for its piano virtuosos--Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and even Harry Connick, Jr. (all New Orleans natives)--Henry Butler is a giant. Though his eclectic mixture of funk, blues, jazz, pop, schmaltz, rock and standards isn't everyone's cup of tea, his musical genius is legendary. Musicians and fans both hail Butler as the next piano superstar.

Butler is a quintuple-threat, being an excellent writer, arranger, interpreter, player and multi-instrumentalist. Though ...

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New Orleans Comes to Denver: Henry Butler and Groovesect

Read "New Orleans Comes to Denver: Henry Butler and Groovesect" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Henry Butler and GroovesectLannie's Clocktower Cabaret/KUVODenver, ColoradoDecember 14-15, 2007

Snow didn't come to New Orleans, but New Orleans came to Denver this weekend in the form of a heapin' helpin' of musical gumbo, jambalaya and soul-nourishing funk. Friday night, as the latest snowstorm was petering out, Henry Butler brought his New Orleans sound to a packed Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. The next afternoon, Groovesect, a young New Orleans band funked up the KUVO studio in a ...

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Henry Butler: Homeland

Read "Homeland" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Henry Butler's last recording was a bit of an eclectic affair. The Game has Just Begun, Butler's debut on New Orleans? Basin Street Records, contained a gumbo of Southern music with a cover of “Riders on the Storm" to boot. Butler's new offering, Homeland, is a throwback almost to the Swing Era, judging by the disc?s opening piece, “Jump to the Music." “Jump" is the key operative. Butler?s piano on “Jump To the Music" recalls Jay McShann and a whole ...


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